Kaitlin Ingelsby (23-8) scattered six hits and struck out nine Thursday as host Washington (35-14) opened NCAA softball regional play with a 6-2 win over Portland State (34-17).
Ingelsby also went 2 for 3 with a two-run single in the fifth inning and Niki Williams hit a two-run homer in the third for the Huskies.
UW will play BYU at 3 p.m. today for a berth in Saturday’s title round. PSU will meet Auburn at 5:30 in a loser-out game.
North Idaho finished tied for 11th place at the 18-team NJCAA national tournament at Daytona Beach, Fla.
The Cardinals completed four rounds at 1,514. Rachel Westby led the way for NIC, placing 58th at 82-over-par 370.
Champion Mitsuki Katahira (290) and runner-up Ericka Schneider (293) led host Daytona State to the team title.
• Washington stands in 23rd place among 24 teams after two rounds of the NCAA national tournament at the Traditions Golf Club in Bryan, Texas. The Huskies are at 43-over 619, 35 shots behind leader UCLA.
Spokane’s Chessey Thomas, competing for Tennessee, followed Wednesday’s 80 with an 81. LSU’s Austin Ernst fired a 66 to take over first at 6-under 138.
Washington is one shot off the pace after the first round of the NCAA Southwest Regional at Omni Tucson (Ariz.) National.
The Huskies shot a 5-under 279 to trail only San Diego State.
UW’s Kevin Spooner fired a season-best 3-under 68 and trails UC Davis’ Matt Hansen by four shots. UW’s Chris Williams (Moscow HS) is 18th at 71.
• The first round of the NCAA regional at Erie, Colo., was suspended because of lightning. Idaho’s Jarred Bossio was at 4-over through 14 holes when play was halted.
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